Tiffany came to us with terrible headaches and pain. After some testing, Dr. Norman determined that orthodontics would be the answer to relieving Tiffany’s pain.
Adults considering orthodontics have a lot of choices these days. For some, adult orthodontics may be a patient’s first experience with braces. Others may have had braces as a teenager but stopped wearing their retainer, allowing their teeth to move out of position. In either case, Dr. Norman and her team help patients determine their options for straighter teeth or possible TMJ treatment through orthodontic. This was Dr. Norman’s approach for Tiffany.
Dr. Norman offers many options depending on a patient’s orthodontic needs. Each case is different but the process can take months or years. Following the completion of treatment, many patients wear a retainer to hold the teeth in place while the bone permanently reforms around the positioned teeth. Tiffany felt prepared for treatment and moved forward.
In Tiffany’s case, orthodontia was able to move teeth into position to relieve dysfunction in the temporomandibular joint. This caused TMJ pain for Tiffany that showed up as head and jaw pain. The method of orthodontics Dr. Norman used for Tiffany focused on the relationship between muscles, jaw joints, and teeth. When properly aligned, the teeth function in harmony with the jaw joints and muscles. Dr. Norman assesses current function compared to optimal function among these three important elements. With this precise instrumentation, the guesswork is taken out of determining the correct jaw and bite position to alleviate TMJ. This information is then used to determine orthodontic treatment. With this degree of precision, we can make specific alterations in your bite to affect the entire system of muscles, jaw joint, nerves and teeth using orthodontics.
”I’m so glad I decided to have Dr. Norman do my braces,” Tiffany said. “My headaches were debilitating. She was able to get me back my life, now that I am doing braces to fix the problem,